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Bryan Smith
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18 Sep 2011
Welcome to Hopkins Bend. You're never getting out of here alive... In the middle-of-nowhere, USA, there is a town not on any map. A place where outsiders are tortured, raped, and eaten. Where local law enforcement runs a sex trafficking ring. And the woods hold even more monstrous secrets. Today four unlucky travelers will end up in Hopkins Bend. If they want to ever get out alive they will have to become just as vicious and violent as their pursuers. Just as depraved. "Depraved lives up to its name in the most brutal and visceral way. Sort of like a roller-coaster ride... but with battery acid and razor blades on the handlebars." -Ronald Kelly

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Deadite Press (18 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936383926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936383924
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin. 4 Mar 2010
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"24" meets the Hills Have Eyes. Extremely violent, deviant and exciting. Much more action than supernatural horror with the story taking place in a day. We follow outsiders who stumble into the usual cliché Southern USA `Red Neck' town. But, Smith riffs it to the extreme with brutally efficient pacing and suspense. What kept me hooked was the characters' refusal to be victims and watching them find redemption through extreme violence. A Superb ride - more please.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best splatterpunk books around 19 Dec 2010
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Having exhausted the Richard Laymon and Jack Ketchum brand of horror, I was on the lookout for more of the same. On searching Amazon I stumbled across the works of Bryan Smith, and decided to invest in Depraved.

As soon as I started reading the book, I was immediately hooked by the rapidfire method of storytelling with almost cheesy Seventies style horror dialogue. Having grown tired of the Stephen King and Dean Koontz style of lengthy descriptions at often plodding rates it was a relief to find another author who just gets on with the good stuff.

Without revealing the plot, the book revolves around a number of characters and flips between them to great effect. It works well because as you read about any one character you always get to the end of the chapter wondering what will happen to them next. It really keeps the interest going, and thanks to the number of characters involved in the book allows for a number of ongoing storylines to take place.

As a fan of gore books this is probably one of the most graphic and violent yet, with an abundance of gory situations described lovingly by the author in considerable detail. It is at times almost pornographic, with some of the most descriptive sex scenes I have seen in a horror book.

Basically if you like your books gory, you will love this. I know I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apt Title! 14 Jan 2014
By WormKez
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Normally I wouldn't read books like this; I watched the film `The Hills Have Eyes' once as well as some of the `Saw' films and found them sickening, however I like a good horror story and the book had good reviews, so I thought I'd give it a go. I wasn't too shocked by it as I sort of knew what to expect, the title is certainly very true to the word and definitely not light reading.

There is no real conventional plot as such; events just pan out as Smith takes the reader for a journey into degradation, violation and depravity. This book is not for the squeamish. It is interesting to see how the victims form their own justifications from their ordeals and how it changes them in different ways.

Smith is a fantastic writer, one of the best I've encountered in a long time during years of reading. In lesser hands this would have been mere sensationalism. There is also a thought-provoking epilogue which could be turned into continuing stories.

I think it definitely jolts the normal mind, leaving disturbing thoughts. Even after I'd finished reading it I felt uncomfortable for having read such corrupt material from start to finish. Having said that, it is a riveting, fast-paced read as well as a road-trip into the psychopathic mind.

I really think I need to escape and seek some recovery by watching a musical, like `Mary Poppins' or `Hello Dolly!'
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent horror 31 Aug 2013
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only read if you like good blood thirsty novels as this is full of blood and gore, but i love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars None 15 Feb 2013
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I really enjoyed this book...not sure if that is the right thing to state considering the depravity betixt its pages...but i did! kudos for 'buck cherry' ref, fitting :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put it down 4 July 2014
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This is a really great story and there are no holds barred. It makes your stomach churn to read some of the things done to people in the story. I was looking for horror stories and discovered this. I had read the synopsis on another site and decided to download it. If you like having your toes curled then this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Crap! 16 Jun 2014
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Definitley one of the more disturbing stories that I have read in sometime. To put that in to context, I have recently finished Family Night by Tim Miller and that was one very screwed up tale! I'm not sure I'd want to go this "dark" again for a while but the next time I want to be scared silly I'll download another of Bryan Smith's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Depraved. 27 May 2014
By Homer-J
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I was pointed towards this book by a friend and I'm glad I made the decision to download it. This is definitely not for everyone. It is very graphic in it's descriptions of murder and sex. Take advice before you read it......some will love it and others will hate it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This was so good to read even though it was quite graphic and ...
This was so good to read even though it was quite graphic and coarse, bet it would make a great film, hopefully Quentin Tarrentino will read it.
Published 8 days ago by Mr. H. Seddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Many linked stories all brought together to make this very difficult to stop reading.

Looking forward to reading more of the same.
Published 1 month ago by Paul Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
Great book from start to finish. I love horrific books and this didn't disappoint. The introduction of numerous main characters in various scenarios that ran concurrently to each... Read more
Published 4 months ago by oscarose
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to stop reading
Kept my interest all the way through.

It was like watching one of those 'backwoods' horror films which I like, it had lots of action and was never boring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by F.J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of Jack Kilburn
Really liked this book. There were a few moments where the characters motivations felt off. Otherwise, very gory and full of horrific situations, reminiscent of the likes of Jack... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barry O'Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars None stop enjoyment
An excellent book looking forward to starting the sequel if it's as good as this one I will buy all Bryan Smiths books.
Published 4 months ago by Jason Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all!
The wrong turn on a bigger scale! A real page turner. Definitely one for the horror fans it has a bit of everything you can imagine under the heading depraved. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Idgey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
absolutely brilliant!l first book from this author I've read and its safe to say I will be reading more. favourite book at the moment highly recommended
Published 4 months ago by Tayla Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars gross
Loved this book,if you don,t like sick or Gore don,t read.Bryan books are hard-core and I,am looking forward to number two
Published 5 months ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars great horror.
Bryan smith reminds me of Richard laymon. He's one of the best horror authors there is. Highly recommend if you're a fan of horror.
Published 7 months ago by Sean G
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